Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Secretary Salazar to Hold Media Teleconference to Discuss Next Steps in Energy Planning for U.S. Arctic
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WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, June 26, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a teleconference with reporters to discuss next steps in planning for potential energy exploration in the U.S. Arctic, including through the 2012-2017 Five Year Program, which will be released in the coming days. Joining the Secretary on the call will be Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau.
Salazar and Hayes are in Trondheim, Norway to continue their ongoing dialogue with international counterparts, government officials and oil and gas industry leaders to help inform the safe and responsible development of domestic offshore energy resources, including plans to expand production in the U.S. Arctic. On Tuesday morning, Salazar and Hayes will participate in an Arctic energy roundtable and on Wednesday they will participate in a ministerial forum on offshore drilling safety, including best practices developed in the United States. These discussions and meetings are part of the Obama administration's commitment to expanding safe and responsible production of our domestic resources while ensuring the strongest possible safety and environmental oversight of offshore oil and gas activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Credentialed media can participate in the June 26 call by dialing 1-866-844-9416 and providing the access code INTERIOR.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau
News media teleconference on discuss next steps in energy planning for U.S. Arctic
Tuesday, June 26, 2012: 12:00 PM EDT.
Credentialed media are invited to join the teleconference call by dialing 1-866-844-9416 and providing the access code INTERIOR.